ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom said in a press conference Thursday night that police are “confident they have the killers of Megan Boken in custody.”
Noting the nature of an ongoing investigation, Chief Isom declined to give many details in the press conference. He did confirm earlier reports that robbery is believed to be the motive for the murder.
The two suspects are both 18-year-old black males but no other details about them are being released by police. Their case will be handed over to the circuit attorney’s office Friday.
“We will try to link them to any other crimes we’ve had in the community,” Isom said. The chief, along with Mayor Francis Slay, gave credit to the community and homicide detectives for bringing the two suspects to justice.
“We’ve seen an uptick in violence as of late,” Mayor Slay said. “The assaults, particularly aggravated assault, have gone up and that’s something we cannot tolerate, we can not stand for.”
“I can tell you as a citizen, and a father, and a husband in this community, nothing irritates me more, nothing worries me more when I go to sleep at night and when I wake up every morning, than to think of these thugs that are out there trying to victimize innocent people in our city.”
When asked if the case received added attention from police due to Boken’s race and the affluent nature of the Central West End, Chief Isom flatly denied such suggestions, again pointing to the community involvement which helped lead to today’s arrests.
Our earlier story:
As mourners gathered to bid farewell to Megan Boken, the popular SLU Volleyball star killed in an apparent botched robbery, police report they are questioning “persons of interest” in her murder.
Police say they are still seeking the public’s help in what they call an “ongoing” investigation. No details were available on how the suspect may be linked to the case.
Boken had been in town for a charity volleyball event, a year after she had graduated.
Funeral services for Boken began at 11 a.m. today at St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton.
In St. Louis, a crowed of more than a hundred former teammates, students and teachers attended a prayer service for at the College Church on the SLU campus.
A former teammate eulogized Boken as someone who was “always happy, always a smile on her face, a person everyone always wanted to be around.”
On the volleyball court, Boken, whose nickname was “Bokes,” was described as “hard working, committed and competitive.”
Boken was shot and killed Saturday afternoon while sitting in her car in the Central West End at the corner of Maryland and Taylor. Witnesses told police a man was seen quarreling with her on the sidewalk by her car. One report indicated she was found with her purse strap broken.
When asked on the church steps how the killing affects their view of safety in St. Louis, several SLU students said they still feel safe and believe Boken’s murder was a random act.